Callum Stanford presented the results of his 2016/2017 community-based research project at the bi-annual conference of the Provincial Human Services & Justice Coordinating Committee in Toronto on November 20, 2017.
“Getting to present my research in front of numerous professionals was very exciting,” Stanford said, adding that he was happy to “represent Trent University and the TCRC proudly and showcase some of the great research that comes from the Centre.”
Stanford’s project, which he completed for the regional chapter of the HSJCC, studied the operations of Situation Tables in Northumberland, City of Kawartha Lakes, and Peterborough. Situation Tables are initiatives which connect multiple social service and justice agencies in a community so they can meet to plan collaborative responses to individuals facing acute risk or imminent harm.
Stanford’s research explored the history, working practices, and provincial guidelines for Situation Tables, and also analyzed data recorded by the regional Situation Tables to identify trends in their operations. Lastly, Stanford conducted interviews and surveys with Situation Table participants to identify opportunities to improve the initiative.
Situation Tables are a relatively new approach to delivering social services, making Stanford’s research extremely topical. His project has drawn interest from agencies across Canada. “To think that my research may assist in future Situation Table research is quite exciting. I put a significant amount of effort into my research and to have it recognized in this manner makes the time and dedication all worth it.”
“Getting to present at the HSJCC bi-annual conference is a competitive process,” said John Marris, executive director of the TCRC and Stanford’s project coordinator. “That Callum was invited speaks to the high quality of his work, and to the valuable opportunity of doing community-based research as part of your undergraduate degree.”
To learn more about Stanford’s project, click here.